Independent from Long Beach, California on March 18, 1976 · Page 33
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_un. B.XH. tuii.. Thun.. Mirtii ii. nn INDEPENDENT (AM) PRESS-TEIEGRAM (PM)--B-3 Fumes and fire I am gravely concerned about (he con- · slruction of the proposed oil terminal because the most thickly populated part of '. .our beloved city lies downwind from il. ,', .'.'Can our delicious, pure sea air be pro-' . leded from its tumes? Then there is the .fire menace. Should these monstrous tanks . be-jgniled on a foggy night with billowing .Hack smoke issuing from a bottomless lake of fire, is il not possible that scores o( us .would suffocate in our beds? What can be done to kill this mad, mad project? Why are important matters like , this so rarely submitted to the voters? GEORGE McFADDEN ,, . . Long Beach ···Brown's philosophy ····" · Governor Brown in his statement announcing his candidacy for president made ··· the'statement that he had a philosophy the "people should hear. ···"·· Do the editors of the 1, P-T know Jerry Brown's philosophy? If so, please print it for all to see. · ·''·'" We have been dealt a political diet of ··double-talk, double-cross, half-truths, eva- ·'·sldns and innuendo for so long the people '·arc- inundated with it. We are all hungry ···for the truth. So let's have it! ' ' " · · ' ANNEFICKES Long Beach Traps ahead . ' I t is refreshing to know that C. B. .'.Craig, commissioner of the California "Highway Patrol, won't use any of the 200 ,. r.adar units to parasite off the motorist, ' 'who is already overburdened with para:'_ sites--such as the gas company, repair .shops, insurance, p a r t s departments, li; (Jense rip-off, and now radar. ' '. Radar to check school zones for specd- 1 crs!' Ho boy! All he would need is one .radar in one school zone for 30 days, and ;·_ he could balance the slate budget. "I moved here from the state of Wash' ihgton, where the stale patrol has "no- entrapment" radar, and it's nothing to come upon four to ten cars being given "no-trap" speeding tickets. They sit along highways, parked in the brush, with their little seeing eye sticking out. They are in "stalled" cars along the highway, sitting on'small tripods on the shoulder of the road, on railroad overpasses, etc. It's true . the officer that gives you the ticket is in a :' marked'car, as Mr.' Craig said he would · .'-be, but he will be around a curve in the road 'way up ahead of you, or over the · crest of a hill--in "plain sight," but you · Will be had long before that! . · I am not a disgruntled motorist in the .'- sense that I've been caught in a radar : . trap. As a matter of fact, I've never been I 1 stopped by one in my life. It's the principle ; I dislike. ANDY 1NMAN ! Long Beach ;.' Alive and parading j . ". The Wrigley District Association is to j be commended for the grand parade it put j on on Saturday, March 13. Maybe we arc i redlined but we're not dead yet. j ' ROBERT L. HILDRETH j ''.'· Long Beach i i . : N.o sale j . ... -When Ron Skarin his bike bestrode, he i intended to pedal; but when he started ; down the road, your paper made him ped- i . . die. ... I, P-T, can you not desist from this bieyclic meddling? Why is it you always insist that pedalists do peddling? . . " . ' · JOHNTITCH Norwalk Praise deserved Mr. A. 1. Skroeh's letter to the editor of March 12 cannot be improved upon. President Nixon deserves all the fine statements mentioned by Mr. Skroch. G. F. L. GARDNER I.ong Beach Will Rogers 'Says . . . "The Senate is still arguing with the President. The law says he can perform various duties as he sees fit--that's what is called flexible. Well, the Democrats claim (hat there's loo much authority in the hands of the President, that they, themselves, arc the ones that are really competent to do that. The Republicans think that is all right, as long as it is a Republican president. "The whole thing proves t h a t the Democrats seem to have very lil'le confidence of getting a president, otherwise, they wouldn't want to lake away any of his authority. The way they feel about their chances, they would just as soon abolish the office entirely." September, 1929 Threat to peace It is difficult to carry on a reasoned dialogue concerning the tragedy of the Middle East when pro-Israel letter writers respond, as did all four of yours (March II), with smears, ignorance or demagogic emotionalism. Why is the key refugee issue today, in a society filled with miserable, homeless people, t h a t of the Palestinians? The United States and the United Nalions regard this unresolved injustice as Ihe most perilous threat to world peace. Israel was voted into the U.N., after one rejection, only after solemnly promising to readmit the Palestinian Arabs to their own homeland and property. Her promise was worthless. If Jews cannot understand the yearnings of Palestinians to return to their ancestral land, and their refusal to settle in alien Iraq, Syria or Egypt, no one can. As il is, up to 1,5 million Arab Palestinians have been absorbed into Ihese and olher stales. The Zionist sympathizers manifest an uninformed cynicism in proclaiming that OPEC dollars have purchased the countless resolutions against Israel. Long before OPEC dollars became meaningful, nations like India, China, the U.S.S.R and the United States were censuring the Jewish state's militaristic adventures, official terrorism and violations of human rights. Many people arc coming to believe that the only way to terminate the continuing terrorism, steady loss of life and enormous waste of natural resources in an armament race out there is by decisive military action. On balance, despite the war, more lives would be saved, refugees receive more immediate justice and the world breathe more easily, than unnumbered more costly years of no war, no peace. It is a sad commentary on the slubbor- ness, irrationality and prejudices of mankind that militarism should appear to be the one way left to produce peace and humanitarianism in Palestine. J. N. BOOTH lxs Alamilos No arms lor Egypt The recent push to supply Egypt with military equipment is inconsistent with American objectives of encouraging peaceful accommodation in the Middle East. Egypt has not indicated by its actions that it deserves this sort of consideration, as she still refuses to renounce the stale of belligerency with Israel. Furthermore, il has been revealed that Egypt refuses to maintenance any ships, including American, lhat pass through the Suez Canal en route to or from Israel. The Egyptians also give their support to the Arab boycott of companies, including American, that deal with Israel. This certainly is not indicative of a conciliatory attitude. II is not in keeping with the spirit of the interim Sinai agreement promoted by the United Slates, nor does it indicate a completely friendly attilude toward Ihis country. It does not serve peace to militarily equip a nation who uses the threat of war as an instrument of foreign policy, and whose actions display little inclinalion toward Iruly relaxing lensions. Ix!t (here be some real substance in our foreign policy. It should be unequivocally stated lhat this country will nnl supply any military equipment lo any nation lhal maintains a slate of beligcrency with any of ils neighbors and lhat actively participates in the boycott of American busi- ness - JEROME L. BROOKLER.M.D. Long Beach "Exporting corruption It is novel indeed that corruption-packed American corporations should see fit lo spew their poison abroad. They are not satisfied with tainting the already dubiogs fidelily of our public officials, bul rather endeavor to influence lop officials of the Japanese and West German governments. How long will we put up with such outrages? Should the people of the United Slates and the world allow a few money- soaked corruplcrs, the likes of 1/ickhced el al, lo delerminc Ihe decisions of our world leaders? II should nol be allowed. H is high lime lhal we wake up to the dangerous and powerful speclre of such corporate monsters and deal with (hem accordingly. The fate of Ihis nation as well as those round the world should be in Ihe hands of all the people and not the perfidious hands of n rich and calculating few. DAVID E. MOREHEAI) Signal Kill No hero In her Idler lo the edilor. Lydia Gains- ka regales us with her version of your editorial of March I. "Barry's unwise remarks," ending her letter: "An indignity to Ihe intelligence of your readership." II is she. however, who insults the intelligence of your readers--or assumes us to be incredibly naive--as she. in an earlier part of her letter. Iries lo palm off rabble-rousing, radical aclivisl Tom Hayden as "an idealist." Mr. Nixon may indeed be somewhat the villain painted, but please don't ask us in accept Hayden. wilh his (wisierl ideologies, as bcro material. PRENTICE G. MARTIN Long Beach Reason for fear This is in response lo an article in the March 11 1, P-T by Dr. Wall Memiinger of the famed Menninger Foundation in Topeka. The article was titled "Homosexuality --an uptight topic." I llwughl the article was rather tragic because Dr. Menninger asked himself a series of questions whicli thundered his ignorance of what God's Holy Word has to say about this characteristic of some men and women. God made each of us in His own image--His own spiritual i m a g e . There's something within each of us that cries out to God but yel the inherent and basic sinfulness in each o( our lives seeks to satisfy our sinful nature. God repeatedly condemns homosexuality. He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because homosexuality and lesbianism, among other things, were running rampant. He'll do the same thing unless we cry lo Him (or forgiveness. Dr. Menninger says, "Why is il that we get so uncomfortable with the subject?" God calls it an abomination. Dr. Menninger says, "Why are we afraid of it?" A good reason is the small voice within all of us which tells us il is contrary to what God would have us be. Dr. Meiininj-er says. "What is il that provokes such feelings, often violent, ranging from anger lo disgust with sometimes a tinge of fear?" One good reason again is the fad thai we're made in the likeness of God and the spirit within us tell us il isn't consistent with God's Word. The fear of the l-ord is Ihr beginning of knowledge, r, oufi nuGIIKS Anaheim Not all rebels I am a junior attending Long Beach Poly High School. I feel lhal 1 am an average student. Any person can pick up the paper almost any morning and read about teen-agers lhat rebel, but a reader hardly reads a good word about the teenagers who are doing their share lo make this world a better place lo live in. There are such Ihings as the March of Dimes Walk-a-thon and other charity ac- livilics. The leen-agcrs al Poly and Ihe other high schools have given aid to ihe earthquake victims. We are just kids lhal aren't adults yet and aren't liny tnls anymore. We arc teenagers that don't need drugs and can do without booze. There arc many stories of true courage, of leen-agcrs who face problems alone. The trial of losing a beloved sister one year and then an irreplaceable mother just one year later, then still going on from day to day with a heart full of pain. There are many students lhal arc handicapped in some w a y , l h a l are struggling to attend (heir high school lo obtain their diploma and go on lo college. We don'l want a banner run up every lime we do or think thai we do something great, nor do we wanl lo be classed wilh the rebels of our group. Every school has its rebels. We arc jusl American teenagers, seeking our own place in society, learning from the adults to lake our place beside Ihcm, not behind Ihem. Don'l knock us down. Help us to stand a lillle taller, n little slraighler, CANDI VINCENT I-ong Beach A kind deed Recently while my husband and I were al work, our dog got caught in a fence ami some nice person came in the yard to Irv lohclp but couldn't. Then someone called my husband al work in !/s Angeles. We don'l know who the caller was who saved our dog's life by calling my husband, so we wanl to (hank Ihem very much for lhal kind deed. MR. AND MRS. HAROLD M. H A R T Ixmg Beach Art and offices What would you think of moving City ll.ill employes and the art museum into the Queen Mary, and leasing the new City Hall out to private enterprise? THOMAS R. F1SHKR 1/ing Beach fffobe.voit What about St. Switheii's Day? IT WAS ST. PATRICK'S DAY, and I was covering all the fcasee. I wore a green shirt, a gree* sweater, a fabric bulton (75 cents worth) with "T»p 0' Ihe Mornin' to Ya" on it, and a IHtte flag that said "Erin go Brash." Aim Orange trousers. This way, you sec, 1 stay neutral in the sorry stains of that snd island, with ils streels running wilh the blood of Catholics and Proles! ants, who somehow believe (hat a Holy War makes sense in the Twentieth Century. 1 rode all around town, getting St. Patrick's Day slorics, and I managed to come up with a lew. For example, I met a t a d y named Rae Volkel (her married name) wlw is a Blackloot Indian. She bet nn a h«rsc called "Green Indian" in Ihe Sixth Race al Santa Anitn. and he paid $11.4ft, she said. Bob E*gnard, a yoongish fellow of Dwlch extraction, went to (he Spring Street »ffice of Ihe General Telephone Co. yesterday to arrange a new phone billing for his new business al a place called "Poor Richards". llngaard w;is peeled bv a black lady who was dressed all in Kelly Green, who asked him, "Why aren't vou wearing green today?" "Because I'm mil Irish." said Bob Bng- a a ril. " W e l l , l h a l docsn'l m a k e a n y difference," Ihe larty clerk said, "as you can plainly see!" FOR THE NKXT slory I came across, you m u s t understand t h a i this fellow named Jim Contralto is nol Irish. Bul. being a moot or-of-I lie public, as you mighl say, lie was asked by a customer why he wasn't wearing green m this day. "Cotumbus aiseoverod America," said Contralto, "and what did anybody around here ever (in for HI ''" UNLIKE ME. Luella Pace wore black on Ihis St. Patrick's Day. She is a good deal Irish, bul Ihe events of Ihe recent years have caused her lo believe thai Ihe color of mourning would be best for an Irish holiday. And she may he righl. Herb Shannon, our I, P-T Traveling man, is an expert on Ihe isle of his ancestors, and he says that they do not wear green there on St. Palriek's Day. They don't drink Irish coffee, cither, but they drink a lot of slout. Oh, a greal deal of slont. And that reminds me of an American businessman who w;is in Belf.isl a year ngo. celebrating the Great Day in a pub. lie celebrated nol wisely bul ton well. Weaving his way back to his hotel room, he was aocosled from behind by » man who put a choke-holii on him am! stuck Ihe point of a knife in his hack --jusl enough of the point so Ihe man would know what he was up againsl, or what was up against him. "What religion are yim?" said the voice in Ihe blackness, Iho voice with the hand lhat held the knife Drunk though he was, Iho American was thinking quickly. If he saitl he was Catholic, he hail a Ml-50 chance of survival, in case his allacker was Protestant. If ho said ho w;is a Protestant, ho had the same odds. Ho put a hd on Ihe easy way: "I'm Jewish." he said. And Iho awful voice behind him said. "Allah be praised. I must lo Ihe luckiosl Arab in all of Bolfasl." I BOUGHT a oane Wednesday,-alinosl a shilleagh, but not quile. II was nnl in honor of Ihe Irish season, bul becnuse I limp a lot. However, having walked wilh Ihe slick for a few hours. I now see Iho reasoning behind the Irishman's Inve for a walking slick, particularly down DID darker Sll'OOlS (W»ffi*in«» fiiid i/o ii itv m.\ /.ivsici - « l i c a l - S c i rn i-c i:i "Tubtng," Ihnl new fad of sliding down snowy .slopes on an inner lube, is dangerous, a dwter reports. Dr. Jahn A. Odom Jr. refers to the tube a« an tzncontrollcd round "missile" thai can attain a speed of % miles an hour. Serious injuries can occur by Ihe ridci "bailing mil" or "failing lo bail mil," he says. More than one-half of Ihe lulling injuries seen at St. Anthony's Hospital, lien ycr, invoked Ihe arms and legs. Spin.'il injuries accounted for 20 per cent and head injuries for 17 por conl of the tolal. [n addition, the common practice of linking as many as 20 lubes in a "chain" often results in impact injuries of the chesl as the riders pile up at (he boltom of the slope. The report appears in Modern Medicine, a periodical for physicians. Dr. Odom, a Denver orthopedic surgeon, reported o» the phenomenon at a meeting of Ihe American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Many cancer patients don'l die of cancer al all, They die of pneumonia. And fref|iicnlly Ihe disease that kills is pneumonia caused by fungal invasions of (he lungs. A University of Chicago scientist, John R. Rippon, is trying lo develop tests lhal will detect fungal disease of Ihe lungs in pnlionts wKh leukemia, llridgkin's disease anrf similar disorders. About one in four of all leukemia deaths is caused by fungal infedions of Ihe lungs or liver. They can be cured if Ihey can be diagnosed, according lo Rippon. Remissions can s»metimcs be produced in leukemia and olher cancers. Trimble is, Ihe treatment for these cancers reduces Ihe patients' resistance In fungal diseases. Such diseases in cancer patients are termed "npiwiunislie" because they require social circumstances lo grow. The most common "upimrtunislic" fungal disease is one caused by a ycasl. Candida albicans. Meal wrappers mighl (In well lo use mechanical blade-culling machines to divide wrapping f i l m , doctors recommend. T h a i w a y t h e y a v o i d h r c a l h i n g potentially ha/ardmis fumes. Several reixirls in Ihe Journal of the American Medical Association tell of the problem. Those persons who cut slrips of polyvinyl chloride meal-wrap film by pulling the film across an electrically honied wire are the ones likely lo suffer a health problem. The hot-wire procedure creates the danger- mis fumes. One survey shows lhal about 10 per cenl of meat wrappers exposed to polyvinyl chloride fumes experience whce/ing, shortness of brealh and chesl pain or lighl- ncss. Many more had respiratory syrnp- loins nf a lesser degree. Another sludy shows lhal meat wrappers who smoke appear lo be ;it a greal risk to respiratory problems il Ihoy use Ihe hfil-wire machine. SI ill another study tells of a -H-ycar-rjId meal culler who suffered a number of symptoms aflcr exposure lo heat-activated price label fumes. Fumes were produced by an electric heal ing element. Symploms included cough, shortness of breath, rapid heart heat and extreme nerv- Sydney's mental rummaging · The most obsolete phrase of Ihe laic- 20th century is "national .sovereignly," for we live singularly in an era when rm atom ic war can be concluded before it is even declared. · Those who commil, or even contemplate, suicide after a shaltcred love a f f a i r are really displaying more egotism than heartbreak; for they imagine Ihcy are so special lhal only one olher person in the whole world could utterly satisfy Ihem. · Public and private happiness are nearly contradictory terms; certainly, at least, they are Irade-offs, for an augmentation of the one almost invariably implies the diminution of Ihe other. « I have always disliked the euphemism "passed away" for died, as if the natural (ad of dcalh were somehow an obscenity. · A memo from a TV station reminds me that an interview wilh me 'which I taped on a Wednesday afternoon weeks :i2fi was being shown al 8 o'clock on a Sunday morning -- which givts one a rough idea of television's commitment to "public service." · There's a geometric progression in ability: you only need to be If) per cent hotter al what you do lhan most people in orricr to go 100 per cent further. · Most misused word among sport- writers is "iwloriely," which they seem In Harris- imagine is a synonym fur "fnme" or "dis unction." · Speaking of fame, gre.'it men are usuafly icvcHod down in public discussion, while mmenttfas are often inflatrit beyond Iheir worth, t*r the threwi reason given by Dean SwKl: "Elephants arc always drawn smaller Ihon Rfc, bul a flea always larger." · A ninlly conscience gives itself away by defending itself Ixrfnre ,-inyono has accused il » The snobbishness of the cosmopolite who believes lhal nobody nf importance exists oiilsidc of his urbrm domain is equaled only by Ihe reverse snobbishness of the ruralite who believes lhal only in pastoral regions can you find "real people." · The person who dot.s n'i\ judge him- s e l f or herself harshly enough usually makes up fur il by marrying someone who enlhusiaslic.-dly pursues lh.it lask. » Professional oplirnists wouldn't be so quick lo disparage d^iinsayers with Ihe epithet "{.'assandra" if they knew enough mythology to realm: thai Cassandra was f;ttcrl nlwayi lo be n«hl rmrt never Id be btlieved. t We won't have a ralionnl wiety until we solve Ihe perennial problem of youth -- h'iw do yiiii ffi (fir- jnti uiihout Ihe experience, ar.ri h'»w rfo on get (he experience uilh'jiil Ihe ]'ib?

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